Following the presidential election, safety pins are taking on a significantly more literal meaning of their name.
It's no secret that several minority groups in the United States are feeling unsafe and terrified for what could be to come under a Trump/Pence administration. Even in just the first 24 hours after the election, countless incidents of hate crimes were reported across the nation, and as one can imagine, those acts are not providing any sort of condolences to these fears. Many are looking for ways to show their allegiance to the people facing these acts of hatred, and they are turning to a simple safety pin to do just that.
The idea comes from the U.K.'s Brexit vote from earlier this year. In an effort to peacefully protest the hateful rhetoric that their country was facing and to show their solidarity, citizens wore a single safety pin on their clothing. In an effort to stand with groups that have been marginalized, Americans are following in step to prove they stand as allies, and while it may seem like a small gesture, it's absolutely beautiful.